Bernard Pollock, actor/stage manager, died on September 14th 2016, aged 96 years, after a long illness.
Bernie spent his life in the theatre, starting as a child actor in his hometown of Philadelphia, on The Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour radio show. When he moved to New York City, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. To earn bread money, Bernie worked as a night clerk in hotels and in the box office of dance halls (a dime a dance), including Roseland. During the day, he did the rounds of agents, officers, and auditions.
But there was more work available as a stage manager. Bernie went on to do many Broadway shows, to name a few: The Odd Couple with Art Carney and Walter Mathau, Sweet Bird of Youth with Geraldine Page, Stop The World—I Want To Get Off with Sammy Davis Jr., Will Rogers’ USA with James Whitmore, etc. Bernie also enjoyed many summers with Guy Lombardo at the outdoor theatre at Jones Beach.
In 1960, Bernie met his wife, actress Beulah Garrick, in Brendan Behan’s The Hostage. They married in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII and lived in the West Village for over 70 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Beulah, and three nephews.